A small flame

A small flame

Infinitely more

In what seems like another lifetime - but was really only about 2 1/2 years ago - our family began a serious house-hunt. We hoped to find a place that would fit our family comfortably with a yard for the kiddos to play in. The problem was - my friends in WI especially will understand this - all we could afford was a 50 - 100 year-old house; tiny, with a doubtful-looking basement, and often in a not-so-wonderful neighborhood. After a lot of looking, we found a house that was suitable. We put an offer on it, as did someone else, waited a couple of weeks, and finally heard that the other offer had won out. Argh!

We began looking again and, eventually, found another house. We were planning to offer on it the week our lives fell apart and we discovered that we were no longer welcome in the life we had been living.

Of course we are so grateful that God prevented us from getting a house at that time! I shudder to think how much harder it all would have been to be physically and financially tied down there.

So, we moved to NC and become a seminary family and all thought of owning a home was put on the back burner. . . Well, no. Scratch that. Those thoughts were boxed up and shoved in the darkest corner at the very back of the attic.

Then, just over a month ago, my in-laws brought us an question. What would we think of them helping us to buy a house? Well, we didn't think of it at all - it hadn't occurred to us. But as we talked and prayed about the idea, we felt that we ought to look into the possibility and see if this was something God was wanting to do for us. We have definite plans to be in this area for a number of years as Phil finishes his MDiv and pursues his PhD, and financially it's a great time to buy. So, we looked . . . and talked . . . and walked through homes with a Realtor. . . and prayed, prayed, prayed.

I'll skip over some of the nitty-gritty here, and just say that yesterday we had an offer accepted on a home! It blows my mind! We still have inspections to pass and financing to secure, but it looks very likely that God is giving us this home. {If He doesn't give it to us, I know enough from experience to say that He knows best . . . }

We're holding this home-ownership thing in an open hand, but we are so excited to see what God is going to do! I can't post pics of the house yet, but let me just say that this home is far, far, far better than any of the homes we could have afforded in Wisconsin.

Today I'm giving thanks to God (who) is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. Yahweh will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.
- Psalm 84:11

Truly, God . . . is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
-Ephesians 3:20

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